Nidda visit highlights 2015

Nidda invited friends from the various communities that they have linked themselves with to celebrate the reunification of Germany after the fall of the Berlin wall. It was an absolute pleasure to represent Cromer.

Day one – the Nidda twinning team and the local Fire Station provided the venue for a wonderful evening. Community spirit at it’s best and a delicious goulash to go with it. A superb brass band demonstrated their musicianship and Mayor, Hans-Peter Seum opened the event. Hervé Mariton member of the National Assembly of France representing the Drôme department (Crest) was also present. We acknowledged the firemen in Nidda and also back home in Cromer for the amazing work they do.

Trip to Point Alpha

Day two – Rain didn’t dampen spirits during a visit to Point Alpha, where we were given a guided tour. It is at this authentic historical site that the Point Alpha Memorial presents the confrontation of the two world power blocs during the Cold War, as well as the painful time of division within Germany. Afterwards a seminar was translated into English and French with a chance to ask questions.

Presentation and speeches

Day three – Nidda twinning trip crescendo to a climax on Saturday when representatives from towns across Europe gave presentations and speeches. It was an absolute pleasure to represent Cromer and I managed to capture some pictures as always. The big event continued into the evening with musical performances by talented locals and visitors.

Bad Orb spa town in the Main-Kinzig district, in Hesse, Germany

Day four – my wonderful hosts Aliki and Dimitri who took me to Bad Orb spa town in the Main-Kinzig district, in Hesse, Germany. Fascinating place, the extraction of salt from several salt springs formed the town. There were 11 Salinas (one of which has been renovated and preserved), sometimes called thorn houses or salt works, belonging in the decoction facility, in which brine dripped over a total length of 2,050 meters of blackthorn twigs in order to raise the salt concentration of the water before boiling. It’s a pleasure to share some photographs that I hope capture the beauty of the town.

Last day, featuring beautiful Frankfurt.

It’s a pleasure to share the last batch of photographs from my visit to Germany, highlighting beautiful Frankfurt. Frankfurt, a central German city on the river Main, is a major financial hub that’s home to the European Central Bank. It’s the birthplace of famed writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose former home is now the Goethe House Museum.

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